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National Railway Museum

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Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England
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+44 844 815 3139
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award...

For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York's only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in the Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in the Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area. The children can let off steam in our outdoor play area, and our miniature railway ride is perfect for the whole family. Every weekend and throughout the school holidays, the kids can enjoy a lively programme of events, including science shows, story telling, steam rides, craft activities and special events. Please note that calls to our listed phone number (0844...) cost 4.25p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

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Wonderful surprise!

In all honesty we came here as it was free and it was a very wet day...but what a wonderful surprise! The selection, size and beauty of the trains is overwhelming! The staff are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In all honesty we came here as it was free and it was a very wet day...but what a wonderful surprise! The selection, size and beauty of the trains is overwhelming! The staff are very informative and passionate and there are plenty of talks on. Our nephew loves trains so for young children it is an absolute must visit!

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Tring, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is masses to look and enjoy. Going onto the footplate of old engines brings out the small boy in me - fantastic. But it felt a bit unstructured and with too little captioning of exhibits. Contrast the French museum at Mulhouse which seemed to tell more of a historical story in its layout.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lovely morning here you could be in depth or just easy tourist something for all. We had a Talk on the royal carriages. Very interesting. We recommend

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Aysgarth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great place to visit for all ages and people. Took my mum and my niece and nephew and although they are all interested in different things they all loved it and had a great time. There is no other place like this in the country and plenty to see and do you could easily spend a few hours hear.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Brilliant but food was cold. You can get up close to the massive engines etc and there is plenty for children to explore.

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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You must visit this museum. I would even suggest people coming to the UK purely to visit this museum if they do nothing else. It is the home to such geat British Engineering and history. Not only will you see such great trains as The Rlying Scotsman but also The Mallard which still holds the world record for steam at... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful museum at any level, with a fine range of historic carriages and locomotives, a viewing gallery over the worships (see Sir Nigel Gresley in pieces) and, for the younger ones some activities and a a model railway layout which now has an elevated platform so little ones can see it all. You can go inside some... More 

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Thank Edward R
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum cannot be bettered anywhere in the country....scale, content, interest is colossal an absolute gem.

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Neither of my kids (4 and 6 years old) are particularly interested in trains, but we went here because we were already going to be at the train station, and this is just a short walk from there. They were interested in walking around for about 20 mins. We didn't even see the whole museum, so I'm sure we missed... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This has an incredible selection of trains, royal trains, post trains, old trains, new trains, steam trains, chinese train, bullet train, model train. Proper trains that you can get right up to and into. There's also an expose steam engine so you can see how it works and a full size functioning turntable that they sometimes demonstrate. The cafe is... More 

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